Information about the College & Mission Statement

Established in 1991, the Irish College of Ophthalmologists (ICO) is the recognised training and professional body for medical and surgical eye doctors in Ireland.

Our overarching mission is to advance developments and improvements in eye health and patient safety by:

Providing the highest standards of excellence in the training and on-going education of Ophthalmologists and other medical practitioners 

Advocating on behalf of patients through policy guidance to government, health care providers and state agencies

Collaborating with patient support groups on our shared goals 

Educating the public to help increase awareness of good eye care practices

The College represents over 200 eye doctors in Ireland.

Council / Personnel / Committee

Honorary Officers of the College

  • President Patricia Quinlan
  • Vice President Alison Blake
  • President Elect Tim Fulcher
  • Honorary Treasurer Mark Cahill
  • Honorary Secretary Maureen Hillery 

College Council

The Council of the College are elected for a three year term by the qualifying members of the College

Current members of Council:

  • Colm O'Brien
  • Grace O'Malley
  • Pat Logan
  • Kathryn McCreery
  • John Doris
  • Paul Connell
  • Joanne Kearney
  • Garry Treacy
  • Barry Quill
  • Mairide McGuire
  • Caroline Baily

Ex Officio Members 

Clinical Lead for National Clinical Programme in Ophthalmology: William Power

Dean of Post Graduate Education: Yvonne Delaney

College Committees

The College has several committees that address the business of the College incl;

  • Manpower, Education, Research & Training Committee; Chair Kathryn McCreery. Committee members; Conor Murphy, Ed Loane, Zubair Idrees, Ian Flitcroft, John Stokes, Deirdre Townley, Marie Hickey Dwyer, Yvonne Delaney, Shauna Quinn, Patrick Murtagh, Alison Blake, Christine Bourke, Brian Woods, Maureen Hillery.
  • Medical Ophthalmologists Committee; Chair Joanne Kearney. Committee members;  Susan Kelly, Maureen Hillary, Fiona Kearns, Catherine McCrann, Garry Treacy, Grace O'Malley, Margaret Morgan, John Traynor, Susan Mullaney, Geraldine Comer, Sacha Hutchinson, Loretta Nolan.
  • Ethics Committee; Chair Maureen Hillery. Committee members; Paddy Condon, Louis Collum, Patricia McGettrick, Grace O'Malley and Sean Chen.
  • Scientific and Continuing Professional Development Committee; Chair John Doris. Committee members; Denise Curtin, Geraldine Comer, Eugene Ng, Maureen Hillery, Alison Blake 

Educational Supervisors:

  • Zubair Idrees (Cork University Hospital) 
  • Ian Flitcroft (Mater Misericordiae University Hospital)  
  • Edward Loane (Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Dublin)
  • John Stokes (University Hospital Waterford)
  • Deirdre Townley (Galway University Hospital)
  • Marie Hickey Dwyer (University Hospital Limerick)
  • Shauna Quinn (Sligo University Hospital)

College Personnel